Shadow Ministerial media releases - Terri Butler MP, Labor for Griffith

Labor will fight the Liberals’ cuts to Universities in Batman

With Ged Kearney, Labor candidate for Batman

Labor supports La Trobe University, one of the largest employers in Melbourne’s northern suburbs and a proud feature of Batman.

Labor will fight the Turnbull Government’s cuts to universities that will see La Trobe University lose $81 million of Commonwealth funding between 2018 and 2021.

Labor has always defended our universities.

We blocked the Liberals’ harsh university cuts in the 2014 Budget that would have seen the introduction of $100,000 degrees.

We blocked the Liberals’ harsh university cuts again in the 2016 Budget that would have seen universities lose $3.8 billion, and forced students to pay off more debt earlier for a lower quality education.

And again, just before last Christmas when the Liberals’ attempted to bring in a backdoor cut to kill off the demand-driven funding system - Labor declared its opposition.

These latest cuts will hit universities like La Trobe the hardest.

Labor analysis says that La Trobe would face a cut of $81 million between 2018 and 2021 - that's just unacceptable.

And it's not just universities - the Liberals have cut $2.75 billion from TAFE, skills and apprenticeships.

Instead of cutting universities and TAFE, we need to look to the future.

That’s why last month, Labor announced a once in a generation National Inquiry into Post-Secondary Education that will look at every aspect of the vocational and higher education systems, to ensure they can best respond to the needs of Australia’s economy and society.

Labor will continue to stand with universities and students to fight against Mr Turnbull’s cuts.

Only Labor can deliver the opportunity of a high quality post-secondary education system.


Low and middle income Australia hurt most by Liberals' uni cuts

With Tanya Plibersek MP

New analysis has revealed that low and middle income areas of Australia will be hurt most by Malcolm Turnbull’s $2.2 billion of uni cuts.

Western Sydney, Western and outer Melbourne, and outer metro Brisbane and Perth are hit particularly hard.

Because the former Labor Government uncapped uni places, those areas have seen huge increases in the number of students going to uni. 

But that growth will be stopped in its tracks because Mr Turnbull’s cuts have effectively reintroduced a cap on the number of uni places - taking us back to the bad old days of John Howard. 

Labor’s opened the door to uni for hundreds of thousands more Australians, but Malcolm Turnbull has slammed that door shut. 

It’s estimated that around 10,000 people could miss out on a uni place this year because of Mr Turnbull’s cuts.

Some of these Australians would be the first in their family to go to uni, and instead of supporting them, the Liberals are locking them out.   

This is an especially cruel blow to the many Year 12 graduates who studied so hard to get into uni.

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A step closer to PrEP

With Tanya Plibersek MP & Catherine King MP

With the game-changing HIV prevention treatment pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) reportedly set to get the tick of approval from PBAC, the Turnbull Government must commit to making the medicine available to those who need it as soon as possible. 

Reports indicate that the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) will today confirm a positive recommendation for PrEP to be listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. 

This is extremely encouraging news and would be a massive step forward towards ending new HIV transmissions in Australia.

More than 1,000 Australians are still diagnosed with HIV every year, and in some areas we are going backwards. Shockingly, the rate of new infections in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders communities is now above the Australian average for the first time ever.

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Turnbull Government Dragging Its Heels on Nation Building Infrastructure

With Steven Miles MP

The Turnbull Government is dragging its heels on approving the nation building Petrie University proposal that will see hundreds of kids get a university education closer to home.  

Queensland Health Minister and Member for Murrumba Steven Miles said that Queensland's Labor members, state and federal, would stand together to fight the Turnbull cuts.

"Labor will always fight for a better education for our kids. 

"Peter Dutton thinks that's juvenile. (Pine Rivers Press 18 January) "There’s nothing juvenile about demanding kids who grow up around here have the same education opportunities as other regions.

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10,000 to miss out on a uni place because of Liberals' cuts

With Catherine King MP

Data released today by Universities Australia indicates that 10,000 people could miss out on a uni place this year because of Malcolm Turnbull’s $2.2 billion of cuts. 

This is a cruel blow to the thousands of Year 12 graduates who studied so hard to get into uni.  

In 2017, Labor blocked the Liberals’ uni cuts in the Senate.  But just a few weeks ago Malcolm Turnbull by-passed the Parliament and announced billions of dollars in back door uni cuts instead.

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Announcing Labor's Domestic Violence leave policy


SUBJECTS: Labor to Legislate for Ten Days Domestic Violence Leave.

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New report underscores devastating impact of Turnbull's postal survey on LGBTI Australians

With Julie Collins MP

New figures released today underscore the devastating impact the postal survey had on the mental health of LBGTI Australians, their friends and families.

Labor is deeply concerned by the results of The Australia Institute and the National LGBTI Health Alliance report.

As the House of Representatives continues debate on same sex marriage, these figures are a sobering reminder of the negative impact the postal survey has had on an already vulnerable group of Australians. 

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Labor commits to ten days domestic and family violence leave

With Tanya Plibersek MP and Brendan O'Connor MP

A Shorten Labor Government will legislate for ten days paid domestic and family violence leave in the National Employment Standards (NES).

This is part of Labor’s commitment to make domestic and family violence leave a universal workplace right, to further support those in our community suffering from this scourge.

In 2017 alone, 45 women have been killed through domestic violence. It is the leading cause of death, disability and illness among women aged 15 to 44 years of age.

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Marriage equality passes the Senate

With Bill Shorten, Tanya Plibersek, Penny Wong and Mark Dreyfus QC

The passage of marriage equality legislation through the Senate marks a historic day for all of Australia.

It is a great day for LGBTIQ Australians, their families, friends and all who love them.

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Women's Minister, Michaelia Cash, supports Bernardi's attack on White Ribbon and reproductive choice

With Tanya Plibersek MP

Minister for Women, Senator Michaelia Cash, today voted for a Cory Bernardi motion designed to criticize White Ribbon for its pro-choice stance.

White Ribbon is an organisation dedicated to reducing and eliminating violence against women.  Reproductive coercion is an insidious form of domestic violence. There is no reason at all why White Ribbon should not be entitled to be, and to state that it is, pro-choice.

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